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Sun 09-07-2023, 17:00Falmouth, Cornwall Fri 14-07-2023, 10:00Falmouth, Cornwall Mascotte 5 NightsMT090723

Set sail from Falmouth aboard 1904 pilot cutter Mascotte and so many opportunities for adventure open up before you. Depending on the conditions, the Skipper may take you out to the Isles of Scilly, up the coast to Devon, or even across the channel to explore Brittany.

Expect a fantastic combination of exiting sailing, shoreside jaunts, wild swimming, wildlife, secluded beaches and night skies like you’ve never seen before.

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  • Varied and interesting coastlines
  • A flexible itinerary allows the crew to maximise the sailing (and the fun!)
  • Good for bird watching, dolphins and seals
  • Wild swimming opportunities
  • Possible overnight sailing
  • Learn the ropes on a historic pilot cutter


Vessel type / Rig Gaff Cutter
Guest Berths 7-8
Beam 15ft
Draft 8ft
Deck Length 60ft
Overall Length 75ft
Tonnage 55 tons
Year Built 1904
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Voyage Description


Adventurous beginners and sailors who love the mix of a coastal wanderings and deep sea sailing. The world is your oyster on this week-long trip, and dependent on conditions you might head over to the Isles of Scilly, explore the stunning beaches and harbour towns of Cornwall and Devon, sail round Land’s End or even head over for a night in Brittany! Wherever the wind takes you, you can be sure of fantastic shoreside exploration as well as cracking sailing.


  • Varied and interesting coastlines
  • A flexible itinerary allows the crew to maximise the sailing (and the fun!)
  • Good for bird watching, dolphins and seals
  • Wild swimming opportunities
  • Possible overnight sailing
wake up to a different beautiful coastline each morning

Falmouth and Beyond

Mascotte is a great choice for varied and interesting sailing like this. She is big enough to be comfortable when sailing offshore, and with a long waterline her cruising speed is better than smaller vessels. Once at anchor in a beautiful setting, whether it is the Cornwall mainland, the Scillies or elsewhere, you have wide decks and plenty of places to sit and absorb the panoramic views. Ashore you can stride out around an island or headland, swim from secluded beaches, bird watch or beach comb.

Falmouth is a fantastic jumping-off point for a South West adventure. Not only are there good public transport links, but from a sailing perspective its a sheltered and safe embarkation point, and gives the crew plenty of options for passage planning. Arriving in the late afternoon, there’s time to get familiar with the ship, receive a full safety briefing from the crew, enjoy freshly cooked dinner aboard while getting to know your fellow sailors, and then settling in to your bunk for a cosy night’s sleep before striking out to sea the following morning.

Spot Marine Wildlife along the Way

Look out for dolphins and basking sharks where the tides run the fastest. Good spots are off the Lizard, Epsom Shoal, Wolf Rock, Lands End and as you approach the Scillies. In Spring there are puffins and shearwaters and in the late summer the seas are having their pups.


puffin by Maria Cerrudo
Puffins on scilly

Exploring by Sea 

You will get to know the coastline from a sailor’s point of view. You can sail among and round the rocks, from island to island and headland to headland, enjoying the differences in the geology and flora as you go. Take the opportunity to snorkel or swim in clear and private waters, far from the madding crowd, and enjoy a night sky at sea like you’ve never seen before.

Variety is the spice of life, and on a voyage focused on exploration, rather than a particular destination, you can really take the time to soak in the journey. There might be cross-channel sailing with some real miles under the keel, combined with weaving through islands and creeping up tree-lined rivers and creeks. When it gets too shallow there’s always Mascotte’s lug-rigged sailing punt by which to continue the adventure!


Mascotte Punt lug beach scillies dinghy tender
mascotte’s sailing punt


This voyage involves remote anchorages and the possibility of a bit of a roll in any swell, even in calm weather. The ship would not go to the Scillies in bad weather or big seas but it can still be quite exciting on the passage out and back. With a loose itinerary the Skipper can design the trip to suit the group, aiming for adventurous deep water passage making or sheltered coasting, or a mixture. 


Whether you are an experienced sailor or a complete beginner, the professional crew will train you to be guest crew from the moment you arrive, with the intention that everybody works together to sail the ship. The common thread to all Classic Sailing holidays is ‘Hands on’ participation on ships that use ropes, blocks and tackles and ‘people power’ to set sail.


We cater for a wide range of ages and physical abilities and how much you are expected to do varies a bit between vessels. See the vessel tab above which explains all about the ‘sailing style’ and what to expect in terms of hands on participation. There is a lot of information about day to day life, the ships facilities and accommodation on the vessel pages.


Every customer sailing with us will need to fill in basic medical questions on their booking application. If you are not sure if your current level of fitness and agility are up to a voyage, then please ring the Classic Sailing Office on 01872 58 00 22 and we can chat through your concerns and possibly find options that might suit you better.


  • Skipper & professional crew
  • Personal Safety Equipment
  • Sailing Instruction
  • All meals, snacks and refreshments
  • Port and landing fees
  • Linen and duvets
  • Third Party liability insurance


  • Travel to Joining Port
  • Travel from end port
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Towels for day use and swimming
  • Waterproofs



Start & End Port

Falmouth, Cornwall

We now have several vessels that use Falmouth as a joining or leaving port. As every vessel is different, and we do not have our own pontoon there, all joining instructions are slightly different. Any changes will be communicated to you before your voyage start date.

This is a list of the likely joining locations, but sometimes the ship can also be at anchor. Read the vessel’s joining instructions carefully for full details.

Click on the two Blue Pins for more information on the joining locations on the map below:

Port Pendennis is the small marina behind the National Maritime Museum Cornwall and the nearest rail station is ‘Falmouth Town’ (3 mins walk). The Maritime Museum has a big tower like a lighthouse so aim for that and at the entrance, turn right and walk down the side of the museum. The gate to the marina is behind the museum building.

Custom House Quay is a stone quay enclosing a small wet dock in the Centre of Falmouth Town. It is used for some of the foot ferries to St Mawes in the peak summer. Only 5 minutes walk from Falmouth Town Station if you head towards the town centre. Situated at the Maritime Museum end of the high street and has its own short stay car park between Trago Mills Store and the Chain Locker Pub if you are driving (see long term parking below) and want to drop your bags first.

Falmouth Visitors Yacht Haven is about 100 yards beyond Custom House Quay but if walking from the rail station towards town it is best if you walk accross Custom House Quay short term car park and nip through the alley tunnel through the Chain Locker Pub. The yacht haven is a small marina only yards from Falmouth main shopping street (Arwenack St), tucked away down the bottom of Quay Street.

Falmouth Port Map and Details PDF


Joining Mascotte in Falmouth 2022 pdf

Kit List


  • Sailing Instruction
  • Safety Equipment (Life jackets and harnesses)
  • All meals to include refreshments throughout the day
  • Bed linen, duvet, pillows
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers - but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer

What is not included

  • Travel to and from the port/s
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Towels
  • Wellie boots

What to Bring

Please limit yourself to one soft bag or rucksack as there is limited storage space on board. No suitcases please! Mascotte does have waterproof jacket and trousers you can borrow in a variety of sizes. if you have your own outdoor waterproof of any type you might want to bring your own so you know you can get a good fit. If you need any advice please ring us on 01872 580022
  • warm, windproof jacket for days when you don't want to wear a heavy waterproof jacket
  • Hats for sun and cold weather.
  • At least two sets of warm clothes - layers e.g. tracksuit bottoms, shirts, fleece jacket, wool jumpers, thick socks, and neck scarf. It can get cold at sea even in mid summer.
  • Swim suit, towel, and suntan lotion.
  • Flat shoes with a good grip e.g. trainers or sailing deck shoes.
  • Sailing boots or wellies.
  • (An alternative to boots in summer is to bring another pair of flat shoes with a good grip in case the first pair get wet).
  • All terrain type sandals are great for dinghy trips ashore – but you do need shoes which protect your toes for sailing.
  • Scillies trips – Walking boots are useful and can be these can be worn on deck too
  • A small rucksack is useful for going ashore.
  • Camera, binoculars, sketchbook, a relaxing read.
  • Passport and Reciprocal Free Health Care card if sailing in Europe.
  • Any medication, spare spectacles. Seasick tablets - check with your Doctor, which brand if you suffer asthma or are on medication.
  • RYA Cruising Logbook or similar if you want to log your sailing experience e.g. sea miles, night hours
  • Musical instruments are always welcome.
  • You can bring a small amount of alcohol if you wish, but please be aware that drinking is always at the discretion of the skipper and will only be permitted when it's safe.


Great trip, good food and company.


Loved every minute. Fantastic experience on a beautiful boat!


Beautiful boat, friendly experienced staff, give it a go!


Such a wonderful experience aboard the most fabulous pilot cutter. It truly was 'as good as it gets'. Three days of the most wonderful sailing imaginable, in the most beautiful boat, in the most capable, charming and safe hands of the crew. Thank you, thank you, thank you all.

John & Chrissie

Vessel Gallery

The largest surviving Bristol Channel Pilot Cutter Mascotte is 60 ft on deck. Built in 1904 in Wales and restored in Gloucester Mascotte is a magnificent example of Welsh maritime history. She is now offering short sailing breaks around Cornwall from her new home port of Charlestown Harbour.  

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